Almost 300 vintage cars -- the youngest a mere 73 years old --took part on Sunday (6 November) in one of Britain's rites of autumn, the London to Brighton run.
SV Cars No. 109 (USA entry, 1903 Cadillac) 41 (1900 Locomobile Steamer) and 1 (USA entry, 1893 Benz) arrive at Hyde Park for start
CU PAN Car No. 27 (1899 English Benz, USA entry) arrives
SV Car No. 6 (1896 Lutzmann) and car No. 97 (1902 Panhard-Levassor) trundle past
SV Car No. 118 (1903 De Dion Bouton) being prepared
SV Car No. 90 (1902 Sports Mercedes) being prepared
SV Car No. 64 (1901 International Charette)
SV & LV PAN Crowd watch as first cars depart with cars No. 3 (1895 Benz), No. 15 '1898 Rochet(, No. 7 (1896 Wolseley), No. 27 among leaders PAN ON car No. 10 (1897 Daimler) passing by
CU PULL BACK Stream of cars leaving Hyde Park
SV PULL BACK TO GV Car No. 59 (1901 De Dion Bouton) leading field over Westminster Bridge with Houses of Parliament in background
SPORT: VETERAN CAR RALLY
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Background: Almost 300 vintage cars -- the youngest a mere 73 years old --took part on Sunday (6 November) in one of Britain's rites of autumn, the London to Brighton run. Leaving London's Hyde Park starting shortly after dawn, at one minute intervals, they had to cough and quiver along 53 miles (85 kilometres) to the Sussex seaside resort by 4 p.m.
SYNOPSIS: Among the first to arrive at Hyde Park for the start were a 1903 Cadillac, a 1900 Locomobile Steamer and an 1893 Benz. The Benz, the oldest machine in the run, belong to Mr. Bud Cohn, from California.
Here is an 1899 English Benz with a Dog Cart body and its North American owner at the wheel.
Another fine pair, an 1896 Lutzmann and a 1902 Panhard Levassor. The run celebrates the abolition of an 1895 law that all 'horseless carriages' had to have a man walking in front waving a red flag.
It was not long after first light that the first of the cars was flagged away, with drivers and passengers, as usual, bulky shapes under the masses of clothing they needed to cope with old-style air conditioning. The first cluster of cars to chug off did not contain a single......vehicle made in the twentieth century. This splendid 1898 Daimler Wagonetta is usually on display at the City of Coventry Museum.
The run is a charming exercise in nostalgia. It has no winners. The owners turned up and buff their ancient jalopies into prime condition to enjoy the pleasures of motoring without stress, traffic jams and speed traps. Each year it is a triumph of organisation for the people who run it -- the Veteran car Club of Great Britain.
A sprightly youngster, a 1901 De Dion Bouton, led the field, as it begun streaming across Westminster Bridge, with the Houses of Parliament in the background. Only cars built before 1905 can take part.